TEAM: My Preferred Starting XI To Face West Ham – No Ozil Or Giroud?

By on December 24, 2013

After a disappointing game against Chelsea on Monday night, the matches continue to come thick and fast as we make the trip across London to take on West Ham on Boxing Day.

With a long trip north to face Newcastle on Sunday likely to be in Arsene Wenger’s thought’s, the boss is expected to make some changes to his line-up on Thursday.

I think we’ll see the likes of Nacho Monreal, Carl Jenkinson and Nicklas Bendtner given a chance to impress, with Kieran Gibbs, Bacary Sagna and more importantly, Olivier Giroud given well earned rests.

The boss has also confirmed that Lukas Podolski will play some part at Upton Park and I’d like to see him start the match on the left side with Theo Walcott continuing on the right.

Mesut Ozil should also get a rest. The German has been pretty poor lately and he clearly needs a breather, so let’s give it to him on Thursday with Santi Cazorla coming in.

Mathieu Flamini is also a dead-cert to play as he didn’t feature against Chelsea, so Mikel Arteta could drop out with Aaron Ramsey starting against the Hammers before dropping out against Newcastle when Jack Wilshere will play following the completion of his ban.

Laurent Koscielny is also close to returning from a knee injury but I think we should stick with Vermaelen against Sam Allardyce’s side then bring Kos back on Sunday.

Here is the line-up I’d like to see start against West Ham:

What team would you like to see start?



  1. pistolpete

    December 24, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I do not like to see Bendtner in any team otherwise not to bad and i am sure we have a good youngster better than him.

  2. Afc

    December 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Bentner is just awful. Play theo up top with gnabry on the right pod on the left bring back kos

  3. thieery

    December 24, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    that is a good team but when the january transfer window opping wenger should buy grezmann befor costa. the are in the same international and grezimann is a youngster. and draxler peopel says draxler ganna goww to united buy him for lesst 40 miljon pund his is worht that. hi is a young talent mabaye i can win ballendor. if you want to win buy grezimann and draxler

  4. George

    December 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Don’t think we can afford to take WH lightly. I think the line up above is not good enough to get the win. I would not drop Sagna however I agree with Monreal at LB. IMO he’s a better all round LB than Gibbs. I would drop Ramsey and play Rosicky. I have no problem with resting Ozil as Carzola is IMO just as creative when played in his correct position behind the striker. I would also drop Walcott and play Gnabry and I would rather play up front myself than have bent foot bendtner playing!!! Giroud all day long to start.

  5. thieery

    December 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    and the player you pickt is right. özil nid to rest and giorud to. gnabry shold take flamini place

  6. ogban

    December 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    What’s all this about rest, rest? What have they been doing these past 9 days. Please use our best eleven and get the job done. You don’t play around with any team at this stage

  7. fidelis

    December 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    pls 4get about restin a player and use our best eleven and get d job done, if player have no injury, let him play bcos dat is what they are payin them for.

  8. Gabo

    December 25, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Those of you wanting Giroud to start are burying your HDS in the sand – that’s one tired geezer. Bring Nick in to give us 60mins & Gnabry for Theo.

  9. Ally

    December 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    agreed with ogban & fidelis. do not underestimate west ham. if you guys think we can win this match why have to rest the important players in order to score & we should take this opportunity to come back to the top What most important at this time we should try to fill the gap with other clubs as much as we could.i still prefer ozil and sagna not monreal or cazorla (i don’t mind cazorla sub to: ozil)

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